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What is Interorganizational Collaboration

Handbook of Research on Communities of Practice for Organizational Management and Networking: Methodologies for Competitive Advantage
Refers to the process of collaboration between different organizations (in our case: organizations from Public en Private sector).
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Unraveling Power Dynamics in Communities of Practice
Marcel Veenswijk (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands) and Cristina Chisalita (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-802-4.ch005
This chapter concentrates on the question how does power dynamics relate to the development of Communities of Practice within the organizational context of European public-private Megaprojects. The notion of power seems to be one of the underdeveloped fields in current CoP theory (Veenswijk & Chisalita, 2007). After a theoretical evaluation of the CoP concept, a Dutch Community of Practice case ‘Partners in Business’ is presented. In this community, actors of four leading Dutch construction firms and the Ministry of Public Works participate in an informal and unofficial setting. This community was established in 2005 and is still active as innovative platform in the infrastructural field. The researchers act as catalyst and project reflector during the different stages of community building. After presentation and analysis of the case, we discuss the results of the case study while reflecting back on the theory, and we illustrate the advantages of considering the blind spots relating to power dynamics in CoP theory.
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Governance Mechanisms for E-Collaboration
The use of information and communication technologies to support sharing of information among business partners to attain predetermined objectives.
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